Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have announced the arrest of five suspects in connection with the shooting of a Rev. Father, Daniel Nwankwo, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Onilekekere, Cement, Dopemu – Agege.
According to a statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, the suspects are being interrogated for vital information to aid Police investigation.
“During early morning mass at St Thomas Catholic church Onilekere, Cement B/Stop Ikeja, some hoodlums posing as worshipers at about 8:30 a.m., requested to have a dialogue with Rev. Father Daniel Nwankwo who heads the parish,” part of the statement read.
Olarinde continued that: “The Rev Father who unsuspectingly granted the hoodlums an audience outside the church auditorium for a yet-to-be determined reason was shot by one of the hoodlums who spoke fluently in Igbo language with a locally made pistol.
“The Rev. Father raised alarm, while the hoodlums jumped the fence and escaped toward an adjoining canal.
The Police spokesperson added that the priest was immediately taken to LASUTH for medical attention where he was being treated, and that is in stable condition.
Commenting on the arrest, ASP Olarinde said: “Five suspects have been arrested in connection with this act and they are currently being diligently interrogated for vital information to aid the Police investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State is advising the people of the State to be vigilant and security conscious at this time and must identify and report any strange faces & suspicious movement.
“He has also ordered the deployment of static Police Guard and instructed the Area Commanders and DPO’s to provide static police guard on a 24-hour basis in all Churches and Mosques across the state instead of only on Fridays & Sundays like it has been done in the past .
“Imohimi has also assured the people that every asset of the command will be deployed to make sure these hoodlums that made an attempt on the Rev. Father’s life will be arrested and brought to book.”